I recently tried to make a maintenance update (fixed reported bugs, checked compatibility with WooCommerce) for one of my themes https://themeforest.net/item/makery-marketplace-wordpress-theme/9609178 and got a rejection, the reviewer listed all the requirements like for a new item submission. I built this theme in 2014 and rebuilding it to match the new requirements would mean rebuilding it from scratch. I just wanted to fix a few bugs for existing buyers.
I don’t know if the Envato staff or reviewers read the forums, but it’s really confusing:
If you don’t allow me to fix bugs for the buyers, what should I tell them? Something like “Sorry, I fixed the bugs you reported, but ThemeForest doesn’t allow me to deliver the update”? This sounds absurd.
Why do you allow selling an item, but don’t allow to improve it, even if there are minor fixes? If the author submits an update, then some things were clearly broken and the update fixes them. By doing this you knowingly sell a broken item, even though an author wants to fix it.
What should I do with the theme now? It has 1700+ sales and still gets a few sales per week, and customers are satisfied with the item, I still support it. If you don’t allow me to maintain it, should I delete it?